Hiroyuki Matsukage “Lust”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

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In recent years Matsukage has produced work that transcends media categorization, encompassing film, installation, band performance and more. He has also earned resounding acclaim for his portrait photography, having captured the portraits of over 50 jazz-world legends at the Blue Note Tokyo Jam, as well as over 300 figures from Japan’s arts and cultural sphere for the weekly magazine “Josei Jishin.” At this stage in his career, both Matsukage’s technical skills and artistic philosophy have truly attained their prime.
We live in a world in which internet search engines deplete the powers of the human imagination, the condition of lacking nothing forms the basis of human expression, and social media posts indulge our every craving for approval. In this world in which we somehow continue to exist, surely the nature of human desire itself has changed. This exhibition poses this question with a presentation of female portrait photography that Matsukage has worked on from his debut period right up until the present, continually seeking to express, from a great many perspectives, the possible futures of mankind. The works embody the very origins of human lust, and express an overwhelming beauty.

Additionally, in the gallery’s smaller exhibition room and Japanese room space there will be a concurrent exhibition by Matsukage, titled “Early Days.” What was it that Matsukage’s eyes saw as a high school and university student, as he continued to probe the possibilities of expression with every click of the shutter? This exhibition attempts to engage that question with a presentation of significant photographic work and other documentation from this period in the artist’s career.

Why does Matsukage have such an affinity with portrait photography? Through the medium of photography, what is it that he seeks to express? By means of these two exhibits, spanning 30 years of his career, Matsukage invites us to discover the answers.

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from 5月 09, 2017 to 6月 10, 2017

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